Phototripping: Kids Photography

PHOTOGRAPHER: Marina Strachan

Photographing kids is not easy, but it can be done if you know how to do it. Kids cannot stay at same position so you need to be fast. Here are a few points to help you take fantastic pictures:

First, set your camera to aperture priority mode as this will give you control over depth of field and will also allow you to also choose portrait mode. Start with aperture f5.6 (you can adjust it up or down based on your requirement) as this will throw the background out of focus (unless the kids are right up against a wall). An ISO of 200 or lower is better if you have enough light, but try to keep it under 800. Keep your shutter speed at 1/200th of a second or faster if you can. In aperture priority mode you can achieve your desired shutter speed by adjusting the f-number and ISO. Set auto focus mode to single point and use flash/lighting if you own any or you can try to shoot in RAW. You can also use any telephoto lens that gives you a focal length of 70mm or above.

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SETTING: Aperture Priority Mode

CAMERA MODEL: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

F-STOP/APERTURE: f2.0

ISO: 160

SHUTTER SPEED: 1/250sec

 

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SETTING: Aperture Priority Mode

CAMERA MODEL: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

F-STOP/APERTURE: f2.8

ISO: 500

SHUTTER SPEED: 1/2500sec

 

 

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SETTING: Aperture Priority Mode

CAMERA MODEL: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

F-STOP/APERTURE: f2.8

ISO: 500

SHUTTER SPEED: 1/3200sec

 

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SETTING: Aperture Priority Mode

CAMERA MODEL: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

F-STOP/APERTURE: f2.8

ISO: 100

SHUTTER SPEED: 1/3200sec

 

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SETTING: Aperture Priority Mode

CAMERA MODEL: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

F-STOP/APERTURE: f2.8

ISO: 200

SHUTTER SPEED: 1/125sec

 

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SETTING: Aperture Priority Mode

CAMERA MODEL: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

F-STOP/APERTURE: f3.2

ISO: 200

SHUTTER SPEED: 1/80sec

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